“This solution would put in place valuable preventative fraud-check measures to strengthen Medicare, saving taxpayers billions,” Carney said in a statement. “Stopping Medicare fraud won’t be the cure-all of our country’s fiscal woes, but it is a commonsense bipartisan solution to save taxpayers billions and help strengthen Medicare.”
The bill is a companion to legislation introduced in the Senate by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).
According to Carney’s release, Medicare fraud costs the government $50 billion annually or 10 percent of the total cost of Medicare.
“Medicare does not effectively guard against fraud on the front end — cutting checks without thorough fraud-check measures — so law enforcement officials must pursue fraudulent claims after reimbursement. It is the equivalent of a retail store processing a customer’s credit card approval long after the clothes have left the store. It’s nonsensical,” Roskam wrote.